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Starship Troopers Paperback – May 15, 1987
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Juan Rico signed up with the Federal Service on a lark, but despite the hardships and rigorous training, he finds himself determined to make it as a cap trooper. In boot camp he will learn how to become a soldier, but when he graduates and war comes (as it always does for soldiers), he will learn why he is a soldier. Many consider this Hugo Award winner to be Robert Heinlein's finest work, and with good reason. Forget the battle scenes and high-tech weapons (though this novel has them)--this is Heinlein at the top of his game talking people and politics.
“Nothing has come along that can match it.”—Science Fiction Weekly
“A book that continues to resonate and influence to this day, and one whose popularity and luster hasn’t been dimmed despite decades of imitations.”—SF Reviews
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true. The suits the Mobile Infantry uses has been invented but not put in general use. This is a most amazing book. I love it.
There's also not much in the way of plot. Since Rico didn't grow or change much, it can't be about that. Humanity didn't change, either. The Mobile Infantry didn't change. Major problems weren't resolved, nor did any major failures happen.
Even with those two criticisms, I feel the sudden need to rush and read more Heinlein. The dialogue in the classrooms were fantastic. Even if they were all completely one-sided, it said a lot about the setting and the kind of people we were reading about.
There were places where I just knew that Heinlein wrote with real experience in the military - there's a certain way that men and women in uniform speak to each other, a tone in their jokes, their love of exaggeration. That sense of realism came across very well.
The book was also beautifully paced. I can't pick out a boring section. I started reading it this morning and could only tear myself away for three breaks.
I enjoyed this book and wanted to rate it with five stars, but the two problems mentioned in the beginning prohibit me from honestly doing so.
Heinlein is a master of early Sci-Fi and his books were one of the reasons that I got started in reading this genre as a child. This book is certainly in the top ten Sci-Fi books of all time. I recommend it to you.